Definition of turning
- the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right". Synonyms: turn.
- act of changing in practice or custom; "the law took many turnings over the years".
- a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe.
- a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind". Synonyms: turn.
- the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe.
- the activity of shaping something on a lathe.
- change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me", "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face", "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs". Synonyms: turn.
- undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism", "The people turned against the President when he stole the election". Synonyms: change state, turn.
- undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice", "Her former friend became her worst enemy", "He turned traitor". Synonyms: become, turn.
- cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key", "turn your palm this way". Synonyms: turn.
- change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed", "the tides turned against him", "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern". Synonyms: change by reversal, reverse, turn.
- pass to the other side of; "turn the corner", "move around the obstacle". Synonyms: move around, turn.
- pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty", "She grew angry". Synonyms: grow, turn.
- let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the flour onto a plate". Synonyms: release, turn.
- move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning". Synonyms: turn.
- cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book". Synonyms: turn, turn over.
- to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion". Synonyms: turn.
- to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week", "turn the earth in the Spring". Synonyms: plough, plow, turn.
- shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table", "turn the clay on the wheel". Synonyms: turn.
- change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early". Synonyms: turn.
- twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle", "The wrestler twisted his shoulder", "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell", "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days". Synonyms: rick, sprain, turn, twist, wrench, wrick.
- cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him", "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold". Synonyms: turn.
- accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault", "turn cartwheels". Synonyms: turn.
- get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year". Synonyms: turn.
- cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; "turn your face to the wall", "turn the car around", "turn your dance partner around". Synonyms: turn.
- channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction", "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium". Synonyms: turn.
- cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod", "twist the dough into a braid", "the strong man could turn an iron bar". Synonyms: bend, deform, flex, turn, twist. Antonyms: unbend.
- alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10", "turn the heat down". Synonyms: turn.
- direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me", "They turned their flashlights on the car". Synonyms: turn.
- have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her", "She turned to her relatives for help". Synonyms: call on, turn.
- go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured", "The wine worked", "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out". Synonyms: ferment, sour, turn, work.
- become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year". Synonyms: turn.
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Words nearby turning
burning, tuning, turing.
Rhymes with turning
burning, churning, discerning, learning, returning, returning, yearning.
Start with turning
End with turning
returning, overturning, upturning.